Tag Archives: 11th Crow Wing Lake

A reunion of old friends in the north woods

Over a long weekend in September we had a reunion of old friends at our family cabin in Akeley, Minnesota. The idea came about when our friend John wanted to attend his high school reunion in Duluth. So, the Akeley reunion was arranged around John’s reunion. In a few short months we all put together ideas and plans to enjoy the north woods of Minnesota and play a few tunes too.

In his younger years my husband was involved in bands in Bemidji and many of these people have remained friends. Some bandmates were high school friends in Bemidji and others he met in his various bands. It was a combination of Bemidji high school friends and bandmates from the early 70s as well as two valley girl friends from the same time period. John’s wife Sue and I have also known each other since the early 70s. She was in my sister’s grade, and they were both in band together. That is how we met, and we’ve been friends ever since. John and Sue’s daughter Paris came along too.

Below is a photo of one of those bands, Open Flow. Three from this group were at the reunion:

The weekend was labeled Bemidji Boyz Music Camp since everyone involved are musicians and this was mainly a group of Bemidji friends. Magnets were made with everyone’s names and phone numbers and apparently John got a deal if he ordered a bunch of these magnets. This became a joke by the end of the weekend with nearly everyone saying “Hey, do you need a magnet?” We left a couple on the fridges at the cabin. I have a photo of one of the magnets but I’m not posting it here for the world to see all our phone numbers. And I don’t know how to block all of the information out of the photo.

John, Sue and Paris arrived in Minneapolis Wednesday evening and had plans to dine with other friends that night and then headed north Thursday. I texted them from the highway on Thursday and they were about 15 minutes behind us en route to Akeley. We had planned to stop at Morey’s (which just became Rich’s) in Motley to get some fish, so we just waited a few minutes until they arrived and Paris took this selfie:

The list of invitees got to about 15 and the actual count was 10, but not everyone was there for the entire time. Most of us arrived at the cabin on Thursday and then departed on Sunday. One was only able to be there on Thursday. One missed his flight, so he arrived Friday, and another wasn’t able to arrive until Friday. The rest weren’t able to come for various reasons. There is talk of doing this again next summer so hopefully more will be able to come as long as we get our poop in a group and plan ahead!

The cabin sleeps up to 7 people and we have plenty of ground space for anyone that wanted to camp. A couple of the guys rented a cabin in the area, another pitched a tent at the top of the hill and the rest of us stayed in the cabin. It worked out rather well and we only had rain overnight one night.

Considering we were on the cusp of autumn in mid-September, the weather was absolutely amazing! I was keeping an eye on the weather forecast leading up to our long weekend, an exercise in futility to be sure because the forecasts were mostly wrong, lucky for us!! We were able to have a campfire, hang out and dine on the deck, as well as take the pontoon out a few times. Temps averaged in the low 70s during the day and into the 50s overnight. I brought extra blankets in case all the blankets at the cabin were used up, but we never needed those extra blankets.

I have to admit that we were a bit nervous about this get-together. We don’t usually host big parties like this and there were so many details to be arranged for the music, like music stands and power cords and drum machines and I don’t even know what else because I wasn’t too involved in all the music discussions. Dan offered a PA system and various drums and since he wasn’t able to stay, Larry returned all of Dan’s equipment on his way home. We even ordered a porta potty since the cabin only has one bathroom. It was awesome how everything worked out! Well, the porta potty got a little goofed up. We were supposed to call them when we got to the cabin and then they would deliver. Instead, one friend arrived before we did and he was there to meet the porta potty guy. Thanks Larry for handling that for us 👍

We only planned dinners for the three nights: Thursday was taco night, Friday was pizza and Saturday was brats, wild rice and my apparently famous baked beans. The three gals also went to the Super One grocery store in Walker to get food for lunches, drinks and some snacks. We all chipped in here and there and everything worked out well.

During the prep in the months beforehand Sue and I decided that we three gals would go to Itasca on Friday so that we’d get “girl time” and we left the boys to entertain themselves with their music. Sue and Paris had never been to Itasca. I had never been to Itasca at the end of summer and there were many autumn colors starting to show and was so beautiful. I love that park! And lucky for us, Douglas Lodge restaurant was open, and we had a great lunch. Here’s a gallery of photos from our day at the park, a combination of mine and Sue’s photos. Click on any photo in this gallery to see larger photos and scroll through to read comments:

There was also a lot of prep for the music that all of us participated in, some of us more than others. Sue and I had small parts playing flutes on two songs. I don’t remember all the details of that prep but there were lots of emails back and forth. The guys set everything up in the garage since that is the biggest sheltered space in case it rained. In the emails everyone was deciding which songs we should all practice. There were Jump In The Line, Yellow Bird, and Yellow Submarine in the mix.

Following is a gallery of other photos from the weekend. It’s a combination of mine, hubby’s and Sue’s photos. Click on any photo in this gallery to see larger photos and scroll through to read comments:

Dan was kind enough to combine all of our photos to create a video montage on youtube. Some photos are blurry and there is talk of creating another video without the blurry ones. When that happens I will amend this post and add it here. This video contains many of the photos shared here but there are others that I don’t have so it’s a nice addition to this post. Nice job Dan!! And thank you so much 👍

There were many stories shared and tunes played over our three-day long weekend. If any attendees reading this want to add comments, please do as it would be lovely to have others’ perspectives.

It would be fun to do this again next year. Put your thinking caps on and let’s plan it. It was great to spend time with old friends and getting to know others better. And in the end a good time was had by all!

To close, here are some photos of the gorgeous sunsets we experienced. Such a beautiful and peaceful place on 11th Crow Wing Lake.

And one last one that hubby took:

2 Comments

Filed under Minnesota, Music

this weekend’s sunset at the lake

We were fortunate enough to spend another fabulous weekend up north.  The weather was perfect and we were rewarded with yet another opportunity to photograph the sunset.  I can’t decide which I like best so I’m posting a bunch of them.  Enjoy and happy independence day!!

First, one of hubby’s silhouette before the sun set, then the sunsets:

IMG_5819 IMG_5831 IMG_5833 IMG_5834

 

 

 

 

8 Comments

Filed under Minnesota

a perfect weekend up north

It was picture perfect at the lake for father’s day weekend.  It was a last minute decision to go and when we checked the weather forecast there was a 90% chance of thunderstorms. That turned into a range of about 30% to 55% and then they became “scattered” thunderstorms.  The storms never materialized!! And it ended up being the absolute perfect weather day on Saturday and we got to view (and photograph) another beautiful sunset.

We did our now usual weekend trip, leaving after the rush hour traffic to subside Friday night.  This time we managed to leave just after 7 p.m., arriving in Akeley about 10:30.  We drove through many areas of fog and did not hit two deer. One was crossing the road ahead of us, the other was on the side of the road. We awakened to fog the next morning but headed off to the Rapid River Logging Camp as planned. They have a fun, family style breakfast and Miss M really wanted to go this time.  You get as many eggs as you want (we heard one person ask for six eggs!! for just that one person!! wow…big appetite I guess) either over easy or scrambled, many pancakes, ham or sausage, hash browns and logger raisins (prunes). You can also have orange juice, milk or coffee or some combination of those. We got juice and coffee.   We left feeling satisfied.

We stopped at Coborn’s grocery store in Park Rapids on our way back to the cabin to get snacks and something for dinner.  Then we didn’t leave again until it was time to go home the next day.  It was heavenly. Neither side of neighbors were there and it was very quiet on the lake.  The only sounds we heard were lake gulls, loons and our lawn mower as we took turns mowing the area by the shoreline.  Since it was full of wildflowers I gave Miss M the job of collecting most of the them to put in vases in the cabin and they looked lovely!  She made one big one and a smaller one for the bathroom.  We had a nice pork chop dinner then had a camp fire complete with smores!  And then we were rewarded with a gorgeous sunset.  Weekends like this one are why we endure winter.

Come have a look-see at some photos I took.

Here are various sunsets at different times:

Finally, the dad and his mini me.  Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

11 Comments

Filed under Minnesota

a weekend up north

We had another successful Memorial day “open the cabin” weekend up north.  We also had a nice, warm and sunny day. Bonus!   Below are a handful of photos. Click on any image in the gallery to see it larger.

I was so busy cooking and cleaning that I didn’t get photos of the food.  I made rhubarb crisp for dessert and look what I happened upon when I went to pick the rhubarb that I brought up to the cabin.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

22 Comments

Filed under Minnesota

4th of July sunsets

We had another lovely weekend at the cabin and another fabulous sky of changing sunsets.  Here are a handful of my favorites.

We had the most amazing display of fireworks over the lake and we didn’t have to go anywhere.  At one point we were standing on the dock and there were dueling fireworks.  We didn’t know where to look!  Quite the problem to have don’t you think? :) I tried and tried to get a good photo of the fireworks.  Alas, my iphone camera is not the best for this type of shot. But I did choose one to share.

And the sky’s colors just kept on giving.  This one was taken about 45 minutes after the sun had set and you can kind of see some fireworks going off way across the lake.

And, oh heck, here’s a gratuitous photo of Fritz in the red chair totally unrelated to the 4th of July.  I just like this photo of him. Red looks good on him don’t you think?

 

14 Comments

Filed under Minnesota

Sunsets at the lake

I’m on a roll with trying to catch up with the many blog posts I have wanted to create.  Might as well keep going :)

We always spend Memorial Day weekend at the family cabin up north don’t ya know.  And almost always we get the most amazing sunsets.  Here’s a collection of my favorite shots from last weekend’s sunsets.

 

Happy weekend everyone!!

25 Comments

Filed under Minnesota

vacation in northern minnesota

We are amongst the many people that are lucky enough to have a family cabin in the woods in northern Minnesota.  We just had a nice vacation there and here is a brief synopsis of our time at 11th Crow Wing Lake.

We arrived around noon on a sunny summer day.  The lake was beautiful and as peaceful as ever.  Here’s our view from the deck:

This ginormous dragonfly was on the door.  Isn’t it beautiful?

And Lady of the Cakes will be so happy to see food in this post ;) We decided to cook our dinner in the camp fire the first night.  Here’s one of the fire builders at work:

Pretty soon we have a fire hot enough to cook corn.  First, we soaked it in water for about an hour.  Then wrapped it in foil and put them in the fire.  They took about 10-15 minutes.  We got our corn unwrapped, peeled, buttered and salted and then roasted our hot dogs.

And just look at how talented I am.  I can roast a weenie and take a picture at the same time!!

Ready, set, eat!!

Ready for more food?  I clipped a recipe in this week’s food section in the newspaper for a different kind of rhubarb crisp.  This was made with ginger snaps and “candied” ginger.  All the store in Walker had was crystallized ginger.  It was just a tad too gingery for me so I’m not going to make it again.  But it sure looks yummy doesn’t it? (if I do say so meself):

We always have beautiful sunsets over the lake.  Here’s a couple from our first night’s sunset:

Here’s one of my favorite photos this trip, the paddlers returning in the canoe:

Two more sunset photos from our last night there:

We are so fortunate to be able to enjoy this lovely spot.

16 Comments

Filed under Minnesota